2012 MWC Women’s Golf Chamionship
The Rail Golf Course - Springfield, Ill.
Fri, October 5 - Sun, October 7, 2012
Carroll Aims To Continue Strong Play At 2012 Women’s Golf Championship
ON, Wis. – For the past three seasons Carroll has had a stranglehold on the women’s golf championship and will try to extend that into a fourth year at the 2012 Midwest Conference Women’s Golf Championship that begins on Friday morning. The three day event, hosted by Illinois Col., will take place at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Ill.
The championship field will be loaded with talent as nine of the top-11 golfers return this year which is headlined by 2011 MWC Individual Champion Angelina Parrinello (Carroll). Parinello’s three day total of 237 was eight shots better than the closest competitor and was her second championship after winning the 2009 MWC Individual Championship. Parinello will be joined by three other of her Pioneer teammates that captured top-10 finishes last season including Morgan Zuleger (5th), Lauren Felton (6th) and Brooke Berkenpas (t-7th). Runner-up Mallory Messin is one of four Grinnell golfers to return along with Elizabeth Burnett (3rd), Alex Plemmons (9th) and Hailey Speck (t-10th) for a Pioneer team that was also a runner-up. Mia Savard (Knox, t-7th) also is back after shooting a 267 and finishing in the top-10 last season.
The team champion of the three day tournament will earn the MWC automatic berth to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, which will be played in the spring (May 14-17) at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
Carroll won its third straight women’s golf championship last year by 23 shots and returns 2011 conference champion Angelina Parrinello who won the individual championship by eight shots. So far this season Parrinello is averaging 88.6 shots per round which is third best on the team in nine rounds while teammate Autumn Neuhring is averaging 88 shots per round which includes a top-10 finish at the UW-Whitewater Invitational on September 22. Morgan Zuleger finished fifth at the 2011 championship and finished the regular season with the third lowest shot average in the league (86.4 shots per round) while firing a season-low 79 in the second round of the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic. Zuleger also earned a top-5 finish at the UW-Whitewater Invitational while Lauren Felton shot a season-low 81 and averages just over 92 shots per round. Carroll enters the championship weekend averaging 355.9 shots per round that ranks second in the league.
Grinnell earned a runner-up finish in 2011 and aims for the school’s first championship in school history. The Pioneers enter the championship with a 345.6 shot average which tops the league and boast the league’s top golfer, Alex Plemmons. Plemmons has competed in three events this season totaling seven rounds and averages 85.3 shots per round while capturing a pair of top-5 finishes. 2011 individual runner-up Mallory Messin ranks third in the league with an 86.4 shot average while the teams third best golfer, Elizabeth Burnett, is back after earning a top-5 finish and holding a 91.4 shot average in seven rounds. Hailey Speck rounds out a talent group averaging 87 shots per round which ranks fourth in the league.
Illinois Col. aims to get back into the championship picture with its first championship since the 2008 season which was the school’s sixth straight title before having that streak snapped by Carroll in 2009. This year Illinois Col. is averaging 382.4 shots per round (fourth in MWC) highlighted by a second place finish in the six team IC Mid-Week Invitational on September 12. Alexis Lintker leads the team with an 87.8 shot average in six events that includes a top-5 finish while teammate Mackenzie Barker averages 91.2 shots and also has a top-5 finish under her belt.
The Prairie Fire last won a conference championship in the 2001 season and strives to get back into the championship fold in 2012. Mia Savard shot a three day total of 267 to finish in a tie for seventh at the 2011 championship and finished the regular season with an 89.3 shot per round average to lead Knox. Savard holds a top-10 finish on the year while Sarah Martin captured a top-5 finish at the IC Mid-Week Invitational. Martin averages just fewer than 102 shots per round while Monica Price averages 104.7 shots with a low round of 97.
Monmouth owns one conference championship that came in the 2002 season and should be in contention this year after ranking third in the league in shot average during the regular season (356.9 shots) and a fourth place finish at the 2011 championship. Nicole Hurst and Hannah Long headline the Fighting Scots roster after both finished in the top-10 among individuals during the regular season. Lauren DeVolder was just a tenth of a stroke out of the MWC’s top 10. The trio have combined for seven top-10 finishes. Long tied and then broke the Scots scoring record on the last two weekends of the regular season, firing a school-record 79 last week at the Grinnell Invitational where she tied for third. She also leads the Fighting Scots with a 87.2 shot average.
With only three golfers Ripon will be unable to qualify for a team championship but will still send three golfers to compete for an individual championship when they travel to Springfield, Ill. The Red Hawks return three golfers from last season led by Kristin Chramowicz who shot a 92 at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational and holds a season average of 100 shots per round. Abby Fish shot a 92 in a dual match against Lakeland on September 25 while Jennifer Donohue has a 103 shot average in a three rounds this season.
St. Norbert captured a fifth place finish last season and currently holds the fifth best team average heading into the 2012 championship. Kathleen Geraghty leads the Green Knights with a 94.7 shot average in four events with Kelley Kletti holding a 96.8 shot average and a team-low round of 88 at the Mad Dawg Invitational on September 30. Alexis Klinger averages 100 shots per round with a low of 94 while teammate Taylor Debski averages 101 shots to round out the Green Knights top-4 golfers. As a team St. Norbert came on strong at the end of the season with a six place finish among 10 teams at the UW-Whitewater Invitational with a season-low round of 370.